Jaime Agudo-Canalejo has been awarded with the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society (MPG). He will receive the price in the ceremony during the 68th annual meeting of the MPG, which takes place from June 21st -22nd in Weimar, Erfurt and Jena. The society recognizes his outstanding doctoral thesis on the curvature elasticity of fluid membranes.
The supramolecular architecture of the living cell is based, to a large extent, on fluid membranes that consist of bilayers of lipid molecules. These membranes...21.06.2017 | Read more
In 2018, the 12th Otto Roelen Medal will be awarded for an outstanding achievement in catalysis research. DECHEMA and the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) invite researchers and scientists to propose international candidates who have made significant contributions in this field, especially with regard to application-oriented research.
The Otto Roelen Medal is endowed with 5,000 Euro and sponsored by the Oxea Group. Nominations will be evaluated by the Expert Committee of the Otto Roelen...20.06.2017 | Read more
The EU is granting the chemist Andreas Hirsch of Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) 2.49 million euros to conduct research into black phosphorus on the molecular level. The holder of the Chair of Organic Chemistry II at FAU aims to develop new areas for its application, for instance in the fields of electrical energy storage and solar cells. It could make batteries last longer or enable solar cells to produce more electrical energy. This is the second ERC Advanced Grant to be approved for a research project headed by Hirsch. That makes him the first FAU researcher to achieve this feat.
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The Körber European Science Prize 2017 goes to physicist Karsten Danzmann
Karsten Danzmann is to receive the Körber Prize 2017, endowed with 750,000 euros. The German physicist and his team have developed the key technologies,...31.05.2017 | Read more
The research groups lead by Prof. Dr. Elly Tanaka, Prof. Dr. Marius Ader and Dr. Mike Karl at the DFG-Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) – Cluster of Excellence at TU Dresden, have received funding in the BMBF program “Validation of the technological and societal innovation potential of scientific research – VIP+” with their CLEANSIGHT research team. The research project will focus on validating a retinal cell–based screening platform for fast and efficient identification of small molecules for the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases.
With more than 150 million affected people, retinal degenerative diseases are one of the most frequent causes of visual impairment worldwide. Examples include...24.05.2017 | Read more
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be supplying the ZiSStrans research consortium with around four million euros over the next five years. The joint project, which is being coordinated at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, has the objective of investigating new possibilities to personalize radiotherapy of head and neck cancer.
The term ‘head-neck cancer’ is used to refer to various tumor types that occur in this part of the body, for example, cancer of the oral cavity or pharynx....10.05.2017 | Read more
The winning entries from the first SNSF Scientific Image Competition offer a view of science that is aesthetic, nuanced and complex. The jury has selected four winners and awarded eleven distinctions among the 497 submissions. All these images are available to the media.
Scientists responded to the call launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) last November. 239 candidates from all over the country submitted 437...04.05.2017 | Read more
3.8 million euros for the development of new research and treatment methods
Chronic tinnitus affects around 42 million people in Europe. For many sufferers, the annoying ringing in the ear leads to significant long-term reduction in...03.05.2017 | Read more
The latest round of calls of the European Research Council (ERC), which was established in 2007, was another successful undertaking for the Helmholtz Association: Scientists in the respective funding lines received six Advanced Grants for their excellent research projects. In total, Helmholtz has now been able to win 100 ERC grants.
“In the tenth anniversary year of the European Research Council its funding continues to be as attractive as it has always been. I am pleased that six of our...10.04.2017 | Read more
Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München have been awarded approximately 1.4 million euros in funding for projects in health care research. Within the framework of the Innovation Fund*, the scientists are investigating the care situation in cases of lung diseases and mental disorders. In addition, they are conducting research on the topic of mobility in old age in a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
In order to shape health care in Germany so that it is viable in the future, the Federal Government has launched the Innovation Fund. Each year from 2016 to...29.03.2017 | Read more
DNA molecules that follow specific instructions could offer more precise molecular control of synthetic chemical systems, a discovery that opens the door for engineers to create molecular machines with new and complex behaviors.
Researchers have created chemical amplifiers and a chemical oscillator using a systematic method that has the potential to embed sophisticated circuit...
MPQ scientists achieve long storage times for photonic quantum bits which break the lower bound for direct teleportation in a global quantum network.
Concerning the development of quantum memories for the realization of global quantum networks, scientists of the Quantum Dynamics Division led by Professor...
Researchers have developed a water cloaking concept based on electromagnetic forces that could eliminate an object's wake, greatly reducing its drag while...
Tiny pores at a cell's entryway act as miniature bouncers, letting in some electrically charged atoms--ions--but blocking others. Operating as exquisitely sensitive filters, these "ion channels" play a critical role in biological functions such as muscle contraction and the firing of brain cells.
To rapidly transport the right ions through the cell membrane, the tiny channels rely on a complex interplay between the ions and surrounding molecules,...
The miniaturization of the current technology of storage media is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. A new approach consists in using so-called spin-crossover molecules as the smallest possible storage unit. Similar to normal hard drives, these special molecules can save information via their magnetic state. A research team from Kiel University has now managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule’s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nano Letters.
Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by...
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